March 19, 2010

Bangladesh shuts three phone operators for illegal telephony

BTRC has suspended operations of three private phone operators in less than a week for allegedly running unlicenced phone services, a spokesman of the telecom regulatory body said on Friday.

The Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission closed the offices of Ranks Telecom Ltd, or RanksTel, a private firm licensed in 2004 as a public switched telephone network (PSTN), as the government was convinced that the operator runs an illegal business using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), for which it is not licenced.

"We have shut down all activities of RanksTel since Friday morning after we found a huge quantity of VoIP equipment at the company's office," BTRC chairman Zia Ahmed said, adding that three employees had also been detained.


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